AMA Superbike Versus MotoGP (updated)

Okay, fellow MOrons, we've kind of been wondering how the AMA racers would fare against the best in the world. Here is a table of the combined practice times. Don't look if you don't want to know...
Friday First Practice
HONDA Troy BAYLISS1:24.547
HONDA Nicky HAYDEN1:24.639
SUZUKI John HOPKINS 1:24.785
HONDA Sete GIBERNAU 1:24.889
YAMAHA Colin EDWARDS 1:24.922
YAMAHA Valentino ROSSI 1:24.969
HONDA Alex BARROS 1:25.048
HONDA Max BIAGGI ITA 1:25.193
SUZUKI Kenny ROBERTS 1:25.265
DUCATI Carlos CHECA 1:25.763
KAWASAKI Shinya NAKANO 1:25.779
DUCATI Loris CAPIROSSI 1:25.967
Mathew Mladin Suzuki 1:25.981
Eric Bostrom Ducati 1:26.218
Miguel Duhamel Honda 1:26.592
Jake P Zemke Honda 1:26.657
Ben Spies Suzuki 1:26.865
Neil Hodgson Ducati 1:27.008
Aaron W Yates Suzuki 1:27.474
Joshua Hayes Kawasaki 1:27.822
Larry Pegram Honda 1:28.574
Kurtis L Roberts Honda 1:28.629

Keep in mind that this is just the first practice session. Still it's interesting to note that even Mladin is slower than MotoGP riders who've never been on this track before.

Who thinks it's the bikes that make the MotoGP guys faster? This is not supposed to be a horsepower track, so the bikes might not be such an issue. Are the MotoGP riders that much better?

Well, it's just the first practice session. Let's see what happens this afternoon...

And here's what happened. The MotoGP riders got another practice session. Their combined best times and the AMA best times are below.

Friday Combined Practice
HONDA Nicky HAYDEN1:24.228
HONDA Troy BAYLISS 1:24.451
HONDA Max BIAGGI 1:24.542
HONDA Alex BARROS1:24.564
SUZUKI John HOPKINS1:24. 679
YAMAHA Colin EDWARDS1:24. 696
HONDA Sete GIBERNAU 1:24.802
HONDA Marco MELANDRI 1:24.938
YAMAHA Valentino ROSSI 1:24.969
DUCATI Carlos CHECA 1:25.042
SUZUKI Kenny ROBERTS 1:25.265
KAWASAKI Shinya NAKANO1:25.309
HONDA Makoto TAMADA1:25.457
YAMAHA Toni ELIAS 1:25.574
KAWASAKI Alex HOFMANN1:25.882
Mathew Mladin Suzuki 1:25.981
Eric Bostrom Ducati 1:26.218
Miguel Duhamel Honda 1:26.592
Jake P Zemke Honda 1:26.657
Ben Spies Suzuki 1:26.865
Neil Hodgson Ducati 1:27.008
Aaron W Yates Suzuki 1:27.474
Joshua Hayes Kawasaki 1:27.822
Larry Pegram Honda 1:28.574
Kurtis L Roberts Honda 1:28.629

The MotoGP guys are getting faster. It will be interesting to see how the qualifiying times compare. You MOrons will have to look up the stats and do the comparison for yourselves. I'll be at the races!

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